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R Foundations for Life Scientists

Important dates 

  • Application open: September 15
  • Application deadline: October 20 (2.5 weeks ahead of start)
  • Acceptance notification: October 25

Responsible teacher/s: Marcin Kierczak, Roy Francis

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Course fee

A course fee of 1100 SEK will be invoiced to accepted participants (includes the study material, coffee, lunches and a course dinner).

Course content

The course covers fundamental concepts of programming and software design focusing on programming in R. We will go through various aspects of R scripting emphasising the parts useful for life scientists. After introductory lectures on good programming practices, basic software design theory and a brief overview of R, we will delve into programming. We will give you tools to access help and information on R-related challenges and issues, spend some time learning how to install external packages, how to find bugs and address common installation issues. The course will be given by experienced computational biologists from SciLifeLab and Uppsala University.

The course is addressed to PhD students, postdocs, researchers and other employees within life science at any Swedish university, eager to learn/improve R programming skills.

Entry requirements

No previous experience in R programming is required, but applicants with an ongoing project or defined future project where R will be used are prioritized. It is therefore important to briefly describe relevant projects when applying to this course.